Colombia has more species of birds than any other country - a staggering 1930+ species are to be found within the confines of this incredible nation; of which, at least 89 are endemic. This huge diversity of species results from the equally diverse range of habitats: three Andean Cordilleras (Western, Central and Eastern Andes), two inter-Andean valleys (the Cauca and Magdalena Valleys), the lowland forests of the Amazon and Orinoco regions, the isolated snow-capped Santa Marta Mountains, the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, deserts and lakes, and the rich wet forests of the Chocó all help to make it one of the most exciting countries to bird on earth!

Our series of northern Andes tours focus on the bulk of endemics that Colombia has to offer; working our way through the Central and Eastern Andean ranges and both the Magadalena and Cauca Valleys, as well as the dry Guajira desert and the impressive Santa Marta Mountains.

The Medellin and Magdalena Valley tour sets off with a leisurely walk in La Romera park for Stiles's Tapaculo, Red-bellied Grackle and Yellow-headed Manakin before making a quick stop to find the rediscovered Antioquia Brushfinch en route to Rio Claro. The lowland humid forests of the Rio Claro Canyon Park are one of the best birding site sin Colombia and host to an accessible Oilbird cave, Beautiful Woodpecker, White-mantled Barbet, Antioquia Bristle Tyrant and Sooty Ant Tanager. Staying within the lush, lowland forests, we move slightly north to El Paujil - home of the rare Blue-billed Curassow. While by no means guaranteed, we stand an excellent chance of seeing this once mythical species. Our final site of this tour is the endemic rich Reinita Azul near Bucaramanga. The gardens and trails are home to the striking Black Inca, Gorgeted Wood Quail, Chestnut-bellied and Indogo-capped Hummingbirds, Parker's Antbird, Magadalena Tapaculo and Moutached Brushfinch. We will also spend time birding the eastern Andes near Bucaramanga for Turquoise Dacnis and Niceforo's Wren, as well as the montane oak forests towards the Venezuelan border to find Colombian Mountain Grackle and Rusty-faced Parrot.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Stiles’s Tapaculo, Red-bellied Grackle, Antioquia & Moustached Brushfinches, Beautiful Woodpecker, Antioquia Bristle Tyrant, White-mantled Barbet, Sooty Ant Tanager, Blue-billed Curassow, Gorgeted Wood Quail, Black Inca, Chestnut-bellied & Indigo-capped Hummingbirds, Parker’s Antbird, Magdalena Tapaculo, Colombian Mountain Grackle, Turquoise Dacnis, Colombian Chachalaca, Niceforo’s Wren, Apical Flycatcher
Habitats Covered
lowland rainforest, gallery forest, grasslands, humid forest, east Andean cloud forest, coffee plantations, scrub, Oak forest
Expected Climate
cool in highlands, mostly hot and humid in lowlands (especially at Rio Claro and El Paujil)
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader and 1 local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
brisk pace, some demanding walks
basic to some comfortable hotels
Ease of Birding
moderate with some challenging species
Number of Species Expected
700+ (Andean Endemics series combined with Santa Marta Extension)
Other Attractions
spectacular scenery
Photographic Opportunities
average to good
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Rob did an outstanding job on this tour. He is an excellent birding guide, great personality and provided insights on a variety of diverse subject matters. I was also impressed with the local operator and their quick actions in dealing with unexpected situations like the general strike and road closure to Medellin.

Two great tours led by Tuomas, who is an outstanding birder and great tour leader. Local guides were also very good, so we all saw virtually all of our hit list birds. Thanks to all.

No one beats Rockjumper and Forrest Rowland for running wonderful trips. The logistics are incredible and involving so many Colombians to get us places and up steep trails were amazing. Thanks to all involved at Rockjumper for making this trip possible.

From the several members of the office staff to the actual tour itself, I have nothing but high praise for my Rockjumper experience. This was my first tour with Rockjumper, but I hope it won't be my last. Alison and Sarah were tremendously helpful. Rob Williams is as good a leader as I have ever experienced. He not only knows the birds, but he made sure that we all got to see them, showing patience way beyond what I thought necessary. When one of our participants lost his passport, Rob bent over backwards to help this hapless person, never complaining while doing so. Rob always told us what the plan was for the next day. When Plan A didn't pan out, he had Plan B ready. If something went askew, he handled it with aplomb, always keeping his sense of humour. Did I mention he showed us wonderful birds? Oh, we saw some beautiful ones!

Forrest Rowland: We think you did a great job organising and leading this trip. It all seemed to go very smoothly so, if you had any problems, they weren't obvious to us. We thought your fieldcraft was also first class. Clearly, all your previous experience has meant that you know the birds, their calls and the sites exceptionally well. We think we did very well with the avifauna, in no small part thanks to you.

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